TNSTC to withdraw buses, autos on Oct 1 due to bandh

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Chennai, Sept 29 (UNI) Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation buses and autorickshaws would be off the roads and shops would down their shutters on October one during the bandh called by the ruling DMK led DPA on the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) issue.

''We are on strike on October one and buses will be off the roads'', A Soundarajan, General Secretary, Centre for Indian Trade Union (CITU) told UNI.

Mr Soundarajan said barring Anna Thozhirsanga Peravai, the union affiliated to the opposition All India Anna DMK (AIADMK), all the other unions have decided to stop the work.

The AIADMK union has decided not to join the strike, but they would not be able to take out buses, he said, adding the unions representing autorickshaw drivers also decided to participate in the bandh.

The Southern Railway, would, however, maintain normal services on October one. All the trains, including express and suburban trains would run as usual, a senior official said.

''We have not cancelled any train and we will maintain normal service'', he added.

There would be normal air service as none of the airlines, has so far announced cancellation of their services. Enquiries revealed that booking was on for October one.

Shops would down their shutters, as various trade bodies expressed their solidarity with the ruling DMK for the bandh.

Shooting of films would come to a standstill as Film Producers Association President Ramanarayanan said those engaged in film making would also observe a bandh. Cinema houses would also remain closed, he said.

Banks and Commercial establishments are likely to function, however, with skeleton staff. Many of the state government undertakings are likely to join the strike.

In the absence of public transport, schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu are expected to declare a holiday, though there is nothing official about it so far.

UNI

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